Film reviews and more

Day: 17 September 2014

Film Review: ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

★★★★☆ As Woody Allen stumbled his way into the 21st century with Small Time Crooks (2000) and The Curse of Jade Scorpion (2001), the image of an artist adrift in a new decade was cemented. As he coasted from one uninspired project to another, a great critical fallacy came to pass; Woody had lost it. Over the past fifteen […]

Film Review: ‘Grand Piano’

★★★★☆ Take your seats for the next performance of Eugenio Mira’s preposterous but breathlessly entertaining thriller, Grand Piano (2013). It’s a genre piece packed with the kind of knowing Hitchcockian thrills peddled by Mira’s fellow Spanish contemporaries like Guillem Morales (Julia’s Eyes) and J. A. Bayona (The Orphanage), but the USP here is the additional Speed-like high concept device, […]

Film Review: ‘Down by Law’

★★★★☆ Decades before the phrase was put through the commercial wringer, hipster culture was brought to the fore via the films of singular US filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. A guiding light in the burgeoning independent scene of the 1980s, Jarmusch’s efforts are being recognised at the BFI via a well-earned retrospective entitled Jim Jarmusch and Friends, which also includes features […]

Film Review: ‘20,000 Days on Earth’

★★★★☆ “Who knows their own story? It only becomes a story when you tell it.” So claims Nick Cave, the alluring subject at the centre of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth (2014). Set around a fictionalised version of Cave’s 20,000th day when he started recording what became last year’s acclaimed Push the Sky Away, the […]